On August 28, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM) reported that the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will update the FDA’s Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients (the Redbook). This is the result of a review of FDA’s evaluation process of chemicals used in food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal feed and veterinary drugs and their harmful effects. The review includes interviews with FDA employees involved in different aspects of the agency’s chemical safety assessment, as well as staff working in other governmental agencies, and external consultants. Working groups of CFSAN and CVM reviewed all the reports and consultant recommendations. Two other strategic reviews also available on the FDA’s website address nutrition and microbiological laboratory programs.
US FDA (August 28, 2014). “FDA takes steps to strengthen program to assess the safety of chemicals in foods, other products.”